First officially-licensed Batmobile you've never seen goes up for auction

We've all gone through life believing the first Batmobile actually built was the custom George Barris Lincoln Futura concept car souped up for the 1966 TV series, which recently sold on the auction block for an astonishing $4.2 million.

Erase that fact from the geek history books with the recent discovery of the first Batmobile officially licensed by DC Comics, a 1958 Oldsmobile 88 customized in 1960 by Forrest Robinson and Len Perham in the New England family barn. Completed in 1963, this retro Batmobile convertible showcases the classic lines, fender skirts, Bat-nose grill treatment and single shark-fin rear end as seen in the comic-book Batmobile of the '40s and '50s.  

Robinson's Batmobile toured the country for promotions and special events during the Bat-mania fad a year before the Barris replica Batmobile hit the streets. The classic black and red sports car was eventually sold to a metal fabricator for $200, then spent 50 years wasting away in a New Hampshire field. It was discovered by a collector in 2008 and given a full frame-off restoration last year before being offered for sale at the next Heritage Auction event in Dallas on Dec. 6, 2014.  This ultra-rare "63 Batmobile" is considered the earliest known car ever sanctioned by a DC Comics licensee.  

Check out more pics of this long-forgotten Batmobile below and tell us if you're up for bidding on this black beauty as your next ride.

(Via io9)

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